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Sights and Sounds, 4/13/12

April 13, 2012
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(Image Courtesy Heather Reynolds) INFLUENTIAL ART “Underwater 1,” an oil painting on canvas by Heather Reynolds, is among the works showing in “Under the Influence,” a Jamaica Plain Open Studios juried exhibition running through May 4 at the Footlight Club.

The deadline for listings is noon, April 24 for the April 27 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Kush Groove Clothing Company spring line launch, to support The Urbano Project. Fri., April 20, 6pm, 284 Amory St. Info: facebook.com/kushgroove....

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More apartments coming to S. Huntington

April 4, 2012
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S. HUNTINGTON—A large apartment complex with 195 units is being planned for a parcel next to the North American Indian Center of Boston on S. Huntington Avenue, according to a Letter of Intent filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week by Cedar Valley Development. Cedar Valley purchased the 1.1-acre parcel at 105A S....

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Casey Arborway project advisory group could change

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The design team for the Casey Overpass replacement project, known as the Casey Arborway, may change as the planning moves ahead. The crowd of over 100 community members responded mostly with support for the plan and community engagement going forward, as the Design Advisory Group (DAG) continues in working with the Massachusetts Department...

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‘Casey Arborway’ project met with cheers, protests

March 30, 2012
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FOREST HILLS—The newly-renamed Casey Arborway project is being greeted with both cheers and protests by the community. Some members of the project’s Design Advisory Group (DAG) showed their ire and disappointment at Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) choice of an at-grade street network instead of a new bridge to replace the Casey Overpass at...

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Activist who left the 1% writes book on inequality

March 30, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) Chuck Collins.

Jamaica Plain resident Chuck Collins has been organizing against income inequality for decades, including giving up his personal fortune in his 20s—so when he was invited to write a book about inequality and the 99 to 1 percent divide, he jumped at the chance. “I believe we are on the brink of ecological and...

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Ex-miembro del 1% escribe sobre la desigualdad

March 30, 2012
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Hace décadas que el residente Chuck Collins ha estado organizando contra la desigualdad de salario, incluso entregar su fortuna personal durante sus 20s, así cuando fue solicitado para escribir un libro sobre la desigualdad y la división del 99% y el %1, celebró la oportunidad. “Creo que nos encontramos en el borde de obstáculos...

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Library Friends push for renovations

March 30, 2012
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JP SOUTH—The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library are not giving up on a long-delayed $8.5 million renovation, despite the Boston Public Library (BPL) trustees voting earlier this month to only request $125,000 for “improvements” to the branch instead. Friends co-chairs Don Haber and Gretchen Grozier both told the Gazette they will continue...

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City Life expands to national activities

March 30, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Brandon German) A March 22 City Life/Vida Urbana anti-foreclosure vigil in Hyde Park draws protesters.

From its Jamaica Plain seeds in 1973, City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) is making big change grow all over the country. As a result of its housing rights organizing, CLVU has been written about in newspapers all over the country, including The New York Times in 2010. CLVU has become a nation-wide model for foreclosure...

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Seaverns Ave. condos hit market

March 30, 2012
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SUMNER HILL—Two condos still under construction at a former Community Caring group home are already up for sale, according to real estate agent Stephen Lussier. “One is already under agreement,” he said. Owner Paul Donovan told the Gazette the house is being converted from a two-family group home to two condos. The Boston Redevelopment...

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Foreclosed property garners fines

March 30, 2012
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EGLESTON SQ.—A house at 25 Chilcott Place continues to accrue fines due to its lack of maintenance, stemming from unclear ownership. On the Problem Properties list since last year, the property’s issues stem from its disputed ownership. The list is maintained by the Jamaica Plain Problem Properties Committee—an advisory group that identifies private properties...

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